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  1. Accessing a Deceased Person's Financial Accounts. (MSU Extension MontGuide) 
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    Describes how heirs of a deceased person can access his/her financial accounts, depending on whether the accounts were owned jointly with other individuals, had payable-on-death or transfer-on-death designations, or had no designated beneficiary.
  2. Nonprobate Transfers (MSU Extension MontGuide)
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    Describes the various forms of ownership Montana allows the deceased's property to bypass probate and transfer directly to beneficiaries such as payable on death designations on financial accounts and transfer on death registrations for stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. 

  3. Personal Representative Responsibilities. (MSU Extension MontGuide)
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    Explains Montana law covering personal representatives in settling estates (often called "executor" in other states). 
  4. Probate in Montana. (MSU Extension MontGuide)
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    Provides guidelines and costs for the process of settling the estate of a deceased person. 
  5. Settling an Estate: What Do I Need to Know. (MSU Extension MontGuide)
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    Designed to help survivors start the process of settling an estate and ease the burden following the death of a loved one. It discusses tasks in the order they are commonly completed. 

  6. Transfer on Death Deeds in Montana (MSU Extension MontGuide)
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    A Transfer on Death Deed allows owners of real property in Montana to transfer it at death to one or more designated beneficiaries without probate.
  7. Transferring a Montana Vehicle Title After the Death of an Owner (MSU Extension MontGuide)
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    Describes how to transfer a Certificate of Title, also known as the title, for a motor vehicle to the deceased's legal heirs.
  8. Transferring Real Property Owned in a Joint Tenancy or in a Life Estate Without Probate (MSU Extension MontGuide)
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    Describes the process when real property is owned as joint tenants or is subject to a life estate, the distribution method is determined by Montana Law.
  9. Websites of interest while a veteran is alive and after death